Dave Martin (703) 585-4687, Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome (Fairfax Realty)

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Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

contingent upon right to   view and inspect.   and this is a very week offer.  

May 03, 2022 03:51 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I just closed on an escrow last Monday where the first time my Chicago based military buyers walked through the front door was the property inspection, 5 days into escrow!

I've closed a few like that this year in fact.  Zoom tours have made up 15%-20% of my annual sales from 2021 into 2022 and over 50% of my sales in 2020 for certain.

Pre-2020 "normal" for me was about 1-2 per year. Military and relocation civilian buyers tend to be OK with it and often have no choice but to rely on it vs. flying out every time they want to tour homes - it just isn't practical.

I  accepted an offer like that once last year, but I knew the agent. If I do not know the agent, I'm skeptical to do so - yes 😉 I'm a hypocritical listing agent. 😂

May 03, 2022 01:18 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Most of my sellers require the buyer to tour the home. Given that we can track that with the Supra Keybox. We make this known in the MLS. 

Ultimately it is the seller's decision.  With so many offers and so many people touring the home, sellers feel making that decision is the right one. 

May 03, 2022 04:13 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Zero.  These are not allowed.

May 03, 2022 03:23 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What a market we are in for you to even be asking this decent question. Short DOM's, top dollars, quick escrows, little or no repairs, monster equities, and no looking dynamics before buying/closing? If this keeps up (and it is projected to do so), who could afford a median home? 

May 03, 2022 01:58 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

1. Have gotten some offers like that, not many.

2. I ask permission to FaceTime or do a zoom meeting when representing out-of-area buyers when pre-viewing a property. I also show them the neighborhood.

3. When listing, I will ask for non-refundable earnest money, upon acceptance, in case of a change of mind. It protects the seller and qualifies serious buyers.

May 03, 2022 01:15 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Currently, I am working with a couple of buyers that are out of state so I tour the homes for them and shoot videos.  I would suspect many buyers don't see a property in person before making an offer in this market, there just isn't enough time.

May 04, 2022 05:43 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

RARELY, and NEVER where WE have not been in the property as buyer's brokers. When we do, the buyer signs a document indemnifying us from anything they could have known being there prior to offer. We will go through with them via video. We will walk the land. 
As listing brokers, sight unseen offers are rarely accepted because they love to beat us down over inspections and waste our days on market. 
I'd say 1% of the time at most.

May 04, 2022 05:06 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

While I know this scenario is still happening around here, it isn't with my buyers.  I am hearing of a lot of video showings.  If I'm on the listing side, I see contingencies added that all is subject to viewing and that would go to the bottom of the pile.  Buyers are changing their minds enough during attorney review outside of this scenario....! 

May 04, 2022 05:03 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I certainly feel more comfortable knowing that an offer has actually been inside of the property.  All things being equal, an offer with a buyer who has not been inside of the property will be at a serious deficit with me and my buyers.

May 04, 2022 04:56 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Only once in my career. New construction viewed on the internet. First time they were in the home was immediately after closing. They knew what they wanted and it was a spec home. They were willing to take it "As is, where is"! Turns out the wife was licensed in the estate they were moving from and willing to take the chance. Not my cup of tea but worked out for them.

May 04, 2022 04:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

When our market was hot I don't think I sold more than a half dozen homes where the buyer didn't see the property in person BUT those six buyers say every inch of the home through videos and photographs. I probably put more work into those six sales then the next 18 put together.

May 03, 2022 07:00 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Recently, I'd say almost half of my buyers haven't toured personally. Part of that is because they're out of state. The other reason is because they've lost homes that sold sight unseen and they're doing the same to get the house they want.

May 04, 2022 06:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I had only two last year... one buyer, one seller.

May 04, 2022 05:48 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I had 1 where the buyer toured the property via the buyer agent's tablet

May 04, 2022 05:45 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

With video, there is no reason someone purchases "sight unseen" these days. During COVID's peak, the travel restrictions made up close and personal tours difficult. Now with a warp five real estate market and too little inventory, too many buyers causing listings to fly off the shelves... Video more than ever fills the bill. Because by the time the out of state buyer gets to your real estate location, the new listing is long gone and under contract, heading to closing. Sorry Charlie Tuna. Dave Martin (703) 585-4687 , despite the video tours, the additional Facetime or Whats App personal video sharing, a site unseen waiver collected for the sale file.

May 04, 2022 02:27 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

While I know that occasionally happens, I have never written on offer on a house that the would-be buyer has not personally seen.

May 04, 2022 05:43 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We produce Matterport 3D tours on most of our listings which has enabled buyers to virtually walk through homes quite easily. This became extremely important at the beginning of Covid and many of our sellers would not allow buyers into their homes unless they had virtually toured the property and thought it was a good fit.  Now, with the strong sellers' market we are experiencing, we probably get 10-20% of our deals together before the buyers actually view the property.

May 04, 2022 01:18 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We have sold a few to out of state buyers that relied on a virtual tour by their agent.

Makes me a bit uncomfortable, however it is something that we can now do with the modern technology.

May 04, 2022 12:31 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I make sure there is a home inspection whether it's the buyer or the seller we represent.  All have worked out fine. I might add this isn't just a recent thing for us, it's been going on for quite some time - in particular investors during the down market of 08 to 11 when everything was cheap and on sale.  They were buying up a lot of stuff. Some have never been here yet but have realized huge gains. Again, the all had an inspection from a trusted inspector.

May 04, 2022 09:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It depends on the price point.   The lower end you will get many investor sight-unseen offers - sometimes 80%.

May 04, 2022 07:42 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

None & nope. It makes for a weak offer as it's usually contingent on the buyers coming back to look at the property again.

May 04, 2022 06:51 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Only one in 5,491 years in business. it was a teardown and infill.
"UNSEEN" real-estate must have 'NO CONTINGENCIES,' 'Hold Harmless' modifiers.

May 04, 2022 05:46 AM